photo credits @ RCS
Nico Denz (Bora-Hansgrohe) continued his winning ways, after the German rider claimed stage 14 of the Giro d’Italia today, triumphing once again from the breakaway group in Cassano Magnano.
Denz, who won stage 12 in Rivoli, held on to beat Derek Gee (Israel-Premier Tech), while Alberto Bettiol (EF Education-EasyPost) rounded out the podium after leading out the sprint after the two leading breakaway groups came together inside the final kilometer.
With 50 kilometers remaining, a group of four riders containing Davide Ballerini (Soudal-QuickStep), Stefano Oldani (Alpecin-Deceuninck), Laurenz Rex (Intermarche-Circus-Wanty), and Trek-Segafredo’s Toms Skuijns escaped the peloton.
Meanwhile, Denz, Bettiol, Gee and Team DSM’s Marius Mayrhofer were trying to bridge the gap to the front group, with Rex being the first rider to fall back into the chase with 11 kilometers to go.
With one kilometer left, Oldani launched an attack, a move that was quickly followed by Skuijns and Ballerini.
Meanwhile, the chase group bridged its way to the leaders during the final kilometer, prompting Bettiol to go on the attack, but to no avail.
After Bettiol ran out of steam, Denz commenced his winning move, edging out Gee by a wheel length to claim the stage honors.
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